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For the last few years of her life, Muriel (as she was known to family and friends) was in poor health. As part of a therapeutic process, a consultant had suggested she reflect upon her life and put these reflections down in words. Muriel decided to do so and start with her earliest memories, and some these reflections are contained in this book.
It starts from her earliest memory at the age of two-and-a-half years and describes the hardship and joy she and her family endured throughout the 1940’s in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. She wrote the book very much through the eyes of the child she was at the time and it describes her life with mam, dad, three brothers and her granddad. Consequently, the language and style of writing reflects both the period and how a child would interpret the events described. Therefore, in finalising the text for the book, it was decided to leave it as Muriel intended it to be. Personally, I feel it helps set the context for what is an emotionally powerful story and helps the reader see the unfolding events as they were intended—through the eyes of a child. I hope you agree and enjoy the book.